Thursday, 13 March 2014

Hit-and-run intoxicated driver kills 2 at SXSW

Two people have been killed and as many as 23 injured after a car hit a crowd of people outside a nightclub in downtown Austin and its suspected driver fled on foot, officials say.
The incident took place outside the Mohawk bar early Thursday morning on Red River and 10 streets in downtown Austin.

Unidentified people are comforted after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Police say two people were confirmed dead at the scene after a car drove through temporary barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck a crowd of pedestrians. (Jay Janner/AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman)

The news was first reported by the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service Public Information Office.

Officials said that of the 23 people who have been taken to hospital, five are in a critical condition.

Police have confirmed that the driver of the vehicle is in custody.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said officers initially tried to pull over the driver at a gas station on the Interstate 35 service road.

The driver fled the wrong way down Ninth Street, which is a one-way street, and turned onto Red River, hitting pedestrians at a "high rate of speed."

Acevedo said the driver hit a man and a woman on a moped, a taxi and a van before stopping the vehicle and fleeing on foot. The driver was eventually tased and taken into custody. The two people on the moped were killed.


A driver is in custody after a car crashed into a crowd near the South by Southwest festival in Austin, killing at least two people and injuring many more. How the deadly crash happened:
Austin is playing host to the annual South by Southwest festival.

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